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Open DNS: A Critical Layer In Your Security Armor

July 12, 2017

Open DNS: A Critical Layer In Your Security Armor

OpenDNS was founded in 2005 as a way to provide users with a better-performing, more secure DNS service than those previously available to network administrators. Unlike the DNS servers many ISPs use, OpenDNS servers store the IP addresses of millions of websites in their caches, which is how they resolve requests more quickly. Another advantage of using OpenDNS is that it uses PhishTank’s anti-phishing service to block phishing websites from loading onto users’ computers.

Today more than 65 million users around the world connect to the internet via OpenDNS servers. Over the past few years, the company expanded its cybersecurity reach with Umbrella cloud-based security, which supports roaming Macs, PCs and iOS devices, all managed through one web-based dashboard.  

Recognizing OpenDNS’ complementary role in its Security Everywhere strategy, Cisco acquired OpenDNS last year and integrated its AMP (Advanced Malware Protection) Threat Grid malware analysis cloud service with OpenDNS Umbrella. This new integration provides OpenDNS users with a constantly updated list of newly identified malicious domains from the latest malware samples available. When a customer sends files to AMP Threat Grid, malicious domains are automatically added to OpenDNS Umbrella in minutes, with no user interaction.

Additionally, Cisco partners can connect Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2, Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), and Meraki MX Security Appliances and Meraki MR Access Points to OpenDNS for added security layers and an improved internet browsing experience.

To learn more about the benefits of OpenDNS and Cisco AMP integration, check out “Common Sense, Common Defense: Sharing Intelligence and Distributing Enforcement Everywhere,” and discover a smarter way to deliver security intelligence.

For questions about OpenDNS or other Cisco security questions, contact a dedicated Ingram Micro Cisco team member today at OpenDNS-licensing@ingrammicro.com or (800) 456-8000, ext. 67674.